Doctors fear Nepalese student-turned-asylum-seeker won’t survive if deported

7 April 2019: Medical specialists have expressed concern that a former international student from Nepal who is currently being held at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) “will not survive” if deported back to his country of origin.

The unidentified man, whose mental illness has been “diagnosed as chronic schizophrenia”, reportedly arrived in Australia as an international student ten years ago. Immigration officials detained him in 2016 after his student visa expired, Sydney Morning Herald reported today.

When the man applied for asylum following his detention by the authorities, his application for protection visa was declined, it is understood.

The Nepalese national then appealed the rejection to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs but without success.

Now doctors are concerned his imminent removal from Australia back to the South Asian nation will be adverse to his well-being and that he would not have access to the first-world care he can have if allowed to remain in Australia.

The 39-year-old man “will need long-term psychiatric care and treatment” without which he will not survive, the news report claimed adding his recent psychiatric assessment which was sighted by The Age journalists.

According to SMH, the former hospitality student, “thinks his life is in danger from agents from the Nepalese government, who he believes follow him, bug his phone, alter his social media posts and carry weapons in order to kill him.”

Citing doctors, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s principal lawyer Carolyn Graydon said that the asylum seeker will not survive in Nepal because of his inability to manage his medical care because of which he was “poorly nourished” and did not even eat while he was not in “inpatient treatment”.

The report quotes Dr Kym Jenkins, the president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, who opined that it would be generally difficult to deliver proper care to mental health patients while they were in detention.

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